Caitlin Murdock

Caitlin Murdock, Ph.D.

B.A., Swarthmore College
M.A., Emory University
Ph.D., Stanford University
Contact Information
562 985-2601
Office: FO2-203
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd., MS 1601
Long Beach, CA 90840-1601

Research Interests

Professor Murdock’s research focuses on German and Czech-speaking Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her first book, Changing Places: Society, Culture, and Territory in the Saxon-Bohemian Borderlands, 1870-1946 examines the changing dynamics of the Saxon-Bohemian borderlands between 1870 and 1946. She is currently working on a new project entitled Radiant Health: Radiation Exposure and the Politics of Public Health in Twentieth-Century Central Europe, which examines popular, scientific, and political debates about radiation and public health in Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia.


Selected Publications


Changing Places: Society, Culture, and Territory in the Saxon-Bohemian Borderlands, 1870-1946. University of Michigan Press, 2010.

Review of Changing Places
Review of Changing Places

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Public Health in a Radioactive Age: Environmental Pollution, Popular Therapies, and Narratives of Danger in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1949-1970,” Central European History, Vol. 52 No. 1 (2019).

“Selling Scientific Authority: Radium Spas, Advertising, and Popular Understandings of Science in Germany, 1900-1935.” German History Vol. 35, No. 1 (2017). 21-42.

“A Gulag in the Erzgebirge? Forced Labor, Political Legitimacy, and Eastern German Uranium Mining in the Early Cold War, 1946–1949,” Central European History Vol47 No.4 (2014). 791-821.

“The Politics of Belonging: Citizenship, Community, and Territory on the Saxon-Bohemian Frontier, 1918-1924” Austrian History Yearbook Vol. 43, 2012. 59-74.

“Tourist Landscapes and Regional Identities in Saxony, 1878-1938,” Central European History 40(4) 2007: 589-622.

“Constructing a Modern German Landscape: Tourism, Nature, and Industry in Saxony,” in: Localism, Landscape, and the Ambiguities of Place: German-Speaking Central Europe 1860-1930. James Retallack and David Blackbourn eds. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007). 195-213.

“Central Policy and Local Practice: the Changing Dynamics of the Saxon-Bohemian Borderlands after 1933,” Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung 53(2004) 2: 184-199.

“From Border Region to State Boundary: Economic and Political Change on the Saxon-Bohemian Border from1900 to1938,” In: Uwe Müller and Helga Schultz eds. National Borders and Economic Disintegration in Modern East Central Europe (Berlin: Berlin Verlag, 2002). 169-180.

“Böhmisches Bier und Sächsisches Textil: Die sächsisch-böhmische Grenze als Konsumregion 1900-1933,” Comparativ, 11(1) 2001: 66-76.

Honors and Awards

Honorary Research Associate, Graduate School for East and South-East European Studies, University of Regensburg. 2018-Present.

Visiting Scholar, Graduate School for East and South-East European Studies, University of Regensburg. 2018.

Visiting Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. 2010.

Leibnitz Summer Fellow, Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam. 2009.

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship 2007-2008

German Marshall Fund of the United States Dissertation Fellowship 1999-2000

Fulbright Fellowship 1994-1995